A 36-year-old man died after attempting to rescue another man and a boy who were swept into the ocean near the Cabrillo Beach Pier Saturday in San Pedro, according to Los Angeles Port Police.
The incident occurred at 6:35 a.m. while a 49-year-old man and 14-year-old boy were fishing, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The man and the boy were swept into the water while standing on the Cabrillo Beach breakwater, witnesses said.
The breakwater is a man-made barrier of rocks designed to protect coastal land from waves. It is closed to the public, according to L.A. Port Police.
Witnesses said the man and the boy walked onto the breakwater, past warning signs before they were swept away.
The 36-year-old good Samaritan jumped in and tried help, but was also swept away, L.A. Port Police said.
Rescuers pulled the victims out of the water a short distance away near 3949 Stephen M White Drive (map), according to the LAFD.
All three were taken to an area hospital, the LAFD said.
The 36-year-old man arrived at the hospital grave condition, and died a short time later, L.A. Port Police Lt. Michael Capodanno told KTLA 5.
The second man and the child were treated and released, Lt. Capodanno said.